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To try to show that an idea or belief is wrong

dispute

verb

to say that something such as a fact is not true or correct

disprove

verb

to prove that something is not correct or true

debunk

verb

to prove that something such as an idea or belief is false and silly

explode

verb

to prove that a story or theory that many people believe is in fact false

deflate

verb

to show that something is not true

repudiate

verb

to say formally that something is not true

confound

verb

to prove that something is wrong

discredit

verb

to make people think that something is not true

refute

verb

to say that a statement is not true or accurate without giving proof

disabuse

verb

to make someone realize that they were wrong to believe something

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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